Celery Stir Fry

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Japanese-style stir-fry, thin batons of celery, stir-fried with chili-infused oil and soy sauce.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Celery. We take it for granted, don’t we? It adds crunch to potato salads, and flavor to chicken stock and turkey stuffing; it’s ever the bridesmaid, never the bride.

That’s why I was intrigued when I saw a recipe for celery stir-fry in my friend Nancy Hachisu’s Japanese Farm Food cookbook, a simple celery stir-fry with chili infused oil and soy sauce.

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Such a simple preparation, and so so good. Try it!

Celery Stir Fry

Celery Stir Fry Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6 as a side dish

We found the best way to julienne the celery is to slice off the root end and any part of the celery beyond the main stalk. Cut the stalks in thirds, or if they are very long, quarters, and then cut each of those pieces in half lengthwise. This gives you a manageable, flat surface to slice into matchsticks.

Nancy's original recipe calls for using a high quality rapeseed oil (another name for canola oil) and/or light sesame oil. We added a little dark sesame oil at the finish which was just lovely, so you might want to try that too.


  • 2 Tbsp high quality canola oil, rice bran oil, or other cooking oil
  • 3 small dried chile peppers, broken in half (can sub a 1/8 teaspoon of red chili flakes)
  • 4 cups julienned celery (cut into pieces about 2 inches long)
  • 1-2 Tbsp soy sauce (to taste)
  • A few drops of dark sesame oil (optional)


1 Heat the oils and chiles in a wok or frying pan over high heat for 90 seconds, or until the chiles become fragrant and the seeds sizzle.

2 Add the celery and stir-fry for 3 minutes. Add the soy sauce and stir-fry one more minute. Drizzle with dark sesame oil if using. Serve hot or at room temperature.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Mecca

    I just made this and it was yummy! I used siracha chili flakes instead and used both sesame oil + pad thai flavoring (that’s all I had). Thank you for sharing the recipe!


  2. Pixie

    I used basil oil instead of sesame oil & it tasted fab

  3. Swetha

    I sautéed celery with green peppers and onions with the red pepper flakes
    And served it with brown rice …it was delicious

  4. Swetha

    Great recipe….totally loved it
    Thanks for sharing

  5. Jenn

    Great recipe to work with. I went1/2 soy sauce 1/2 oyster sauce. I diced the celery and made up version. Then I used it as a filling for lettuce wrap sprinkled with hemp seeds :) one of those nights using what I have available.

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